5 Things to Know About How IBM Software Adds Value to SAP Solutions
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SAP is a market leader in packaged applications. IBM is a market leader in enterprise software. IBM is also a market leader in the delivery of SAP projects.
In this blog post, I share with you just 5 ways IBM enterprise software extends and increases the value of SAP-centric business transformation programs.
1. Reduce business and I/T risk
Successful SAP adopters reduce business and I/T risk by combining the value of pre-built SAP integration within the SAP domain based on SAP middleware ("integration you buy"), also known as "Inner Ring", with best-in-class IBM enterprise middleware for custom integration in the enterprise which needs to be developed for an SAP-centric transformation program ("integration you build"), also known as "Outer Ring". IBM uses the concepts of Inner and Outer Ring to mean: what happens inside SAP stays inside SAP, but what happens in the enterprise goes through IBM software.
2. Accelerate SAP integration into a heterogeneous enterprise
IBM software provides a powerful set of pre-built enterprise-level capabilities that are pre-integrated with SAP systems, but are also integrated with non-SAP systems in the enterprise landscape, including systems built on open standards, cloud-based offerings, non-SAP packaged applications, internally developed legacy systems, and so on.
Examples of this extensive set of IBM software capabilities include areas such as mobile technologies, smarter process, decision management, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), business analytics (BA), portal, master data management (MDM), application life-cycle management, security, and systems management, and more.
Paring these IBM software capabilities with SAP solutions in large scale enterprise transformations, allows customers to accelerate SAP integration into the heterogeneous enterprise environments as well as build an enterprise approach that is not restricted to SAP alone.
3. Achieve business agility
SAP is rarely implemented with business agility in mind. Often the opposite takes place. Business agility allows customers to implement frequent changes in business processes or business rules without changing the SAP solution and implement business processes underpinned by SAP data, but which are only partially met by the SAP solution or not realizable in the SAP system without extensive customization coding.
Combining IBM Smarter Process, MobileFirst, Business Analytics and cloud (just as examples) with SAP solutions allows organizations to maintain business agility in SAP-centric transformations and maintain application innovations without "breaking" the SAP solution.
4. Reduce cost
IBM software reduces the cost of SAP-centric enterprise transformation by using the best-in-class tools depending on the type of optimization needed.
For example, running a robust IBM application integration middleware platform with market leading performance characteristics, can lead to very substantial cost savings from requiring less CPUs and/or RAM resources to handle enterprise scale workloads when compared to less optimized middleware which may require more hardware resources.
5. Benefit from extensive experience
IBM is the industry leader provider of enterprise software. IBM Software has been the core of the enterprise IT landscape for many years, in a variety of industries, and running mission critical applications for thousand of clients. IBM consulting services is the market leader delivering SAP transformation projects.
Clients can benefit from the combined experience of IBM Software and Services both, developing enterprise-class, mission critical software and delivering large SAP-centric transformation projects.
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Yaro Dunchych is an Executive Architect in IBM Software Services. Yaro leads IBM software deployments at IBM clients, including internal adoption of IBM software in the IBM company in such areas as smarter process, mobile, integration, and cloud technologies. Yaro leads delivery of IBM software solutions for SAP based on the IBM Reference Architecture for SAP, a large scale asset that provides a comprehensive blueprint of IBM software capabilities for SAP. During his 15 years with IBM, Yaro created multiple cross-brand solutions from services engagements that led to several innovations. Yaro holds a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from Air Force Engineering Academy in Moscow, Russia. Yaro is the lead author of the IBM Redbooks publication IBM